Horses for courses, five kit loadouts.

Hi everyone,

I like to organise my gear into different loadouts to suit my preferences, mood and different occasions.

First off there’s an ultra lightweight day out, “I don’t want to carry anything” kit comprising of my Olympus E-PL5 camera and two zoom lenses. A Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm and an Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm which together weigh next to nothing, you don’t know that you’ve got this one with you. The camera accepts my Olympus EV4 viewfinder so I can fit this and thus avoid using the LCD screen as I’m not fond of these screens especially in bright light.

PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm lens.

Next, a one camera, one lens weather-sealed setup comprising of my Olympus E-M5 mk 1 and Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm. A great all-weather travel combination.

E-M5 mk 1 and M.Zuiko 14-150mm lens.

For a fun day out with manual focus lenses my Olympus E-M5 mk II, TT Artisan 17mm and 35mm prime lenses and my Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO zoom lens which, along with the camera body, gives me a weather-sealed option in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. This is my heaviest loadout because the 12-40mm is, by far, not my lightest lens but these lenses are all very sharp and a lot of fun to use.

TT Artisan 35mm lens.

For the times when I like to just go out with a camera and all prime lenses. My Olympus E-P5 camera with EV4 electronic viewfinder and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm, 30mm macro (which is tack sharp and doubles as a very good all-round “street” lens) and 45mm lenses. I chose the 30mm over my M.Zuiko 25mm and Panasonic Lumix 20mm lenses for it’s macro capabilities as it focus down to an amazing 1cm!.

PEN EP-5 and M.Zuiko 17mm lens.

Lastly, probably my favourite day-to-day loadout, my Olympus PEN-F and three zoom lenses, Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm and 35-100mm and Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm lenses.

PEN-F and M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens.

All of these loadouts except, where noted, are lightweight and very portable, versatile and fit in a small camera bag. Maybe it’s given you food for thought.

Kind regards

Leigh

“Ice Cold on the Seafront”

Hi everyone,

Worthing seafront. I know what you’re thinking. What amazing legs I have for a man of my age!. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another test of my new PEN E-P5 with my M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/51316516122/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh

“Pretty – Vacant”

Hi folks,

Worthing beach. PEN E-P5 and M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8. I took three M.Zuiko primes with me today, my 17mm f/1.8, 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8 to try out my new E-P5. I didn’t like any of the shots taken with the 12mm as usual, it’s just too wide for my tastes. A lovely lens but too wide.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/51314891732/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Kind regards

Leigh

An ever so simple tip

Hi folks,

If you have a quick release plate fitted to your camera and youโ€™re like me and never seem to have a coin handy, let alone a screwdriver ๐Ÿ™‚ when you need one to fit it or remove it then this tip might be handy. Find yourself a metal washer that fits the screw and attach it to your camera bag. Iโ€™ve done this with all my bags, shown here attached with a small locking carabiner, jobโ€™s a good โ€˜un!. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kind regards,

Leigh

Cordweaver camera neck and wrist straps.

Hi,

A small free plug for Brian, the maker of these Cordweaver camera straps. I just took delivery of two more neck straps and they came next day in the post. Excellent quality and first class service as usual. I now have five of the neck straps and two of the wrist straps on my cameras and I can thoroughly recommend them.

Original Post July 23rd 2019:

Hi everyone,

I’ve standardised on these great camera neck and wrist straps by a company called “Cordweaver” – https://www.cordweaver.co.uk/ย . The straps are very light and strong and are available in a choice of two colours, red and black and various lengths, the leather ends are hand-sewn with strong polyester waxed thread. Connection to the camera is via the fitted 16mm diameter split rings and the wrist straps are made out of Type III 550lb Paracord with 7 internal strands.

Great service, very quick dispatch and very high quality merchandise. I used one on my EM-1 and one on my TG-5 for my recent trip to Porto and it was great, so good I’ve since bought another three,ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ very comfortable to wear and strong and it would be very hard to cut through should someone try and grab the camera.

cordweaver straps

Additional: The wrist straps come in two types, with Peak Design style connectors (as fitted to my EPL-5 on the top left) and, without, (as fitted to my TG-5). It is also supplied with a spare Peak Design connector, a nice touch.

Lastly, I really like how flexible they are and tuck in nicely in my camera bags unlike some of the stiffer and more bulky neck straps I’ve used. The wrist straps act like slip knots at either end so they tighten at both the camera end and the wrist end should the camera slip from your grip, the addition of a rubber grommet is another nice feature.

Kind regards

Leigh

“Simple Pleasures” Monochrome

Hi folks,

Another test of my new TT Artisan 35mm f/1.4 lens,it’s sharp! ๐Ÿ™‚

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/51314338995/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

PEN E-P5 and TT Artisan 35mm f/1.4 lens.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to putting my latest acquisition, a used Olympus PEN E-P5 camera through it’s paces.

Kind regards

Leigh

“Painterly Panorama”

Hi everyone,

“Painterly Panorama”. Bognor Regis West beach, handheld panorama. Olympus E-M5 II and TT Artisan 35mm f/14 lens.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/51313227933/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh

“An Englishman’s home is his castle”

Hi everyone,

Littlehampton, West Sussex, monochrome.Another test of my ยฃ60 TT Artisan 35mm f/1.4 lens on my PEN-F.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/51309359758/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

All the best,

Leigh